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Egyptian Gallery

The east end of the Egyptian gallery is dominated by a 40 ton sculpture of a winged bull from Assyria. The bull, called a lamassu, was so large that it had to be inserted through the wall as the gallery was being built in 1930. It was excavated by the Oriental Institute at Khorsabad, in northern Iraq. It dates to about 705 B.C. Near it is a 17-foot-tall statue which is thought to represent King Tutankhamun. It was excavated by the Oriental Institute at Medinet Habu. Examples of funerary art including funerary models, statues and steles from the offering chambers of private tombs are exhibited nearby. A rare Middle Kingdom statue of a king named Sobekhotep (Dynasty 13, ca. 1784 B.C.) is located next to a cast of the bust of Queen Nefertiti, the original of which is in the Egyptian Museum, Berlin.

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